Does anyone else remember cherry coke?

Largely back when I was in highschool, and I think for a while after that, you could almost never walk into a store and not find either cherry or vanilla coke on sale. Usually for cheaper than the regular stuff–which worked well enough for me, on account of I actually preferred that over the regular stuff. Couldn’t tell you why, but there you go. Both were discontinued in Canada several years ago, for reasons I can’t even remember now, but you can still get both pretty near any time you want from the US. So when I decide I’m in a mood to, I’ll bribe someone coming across the border to throw a case or two in the back of their vehicle and make it appear at my front door. Or, you know, if you’re May and will be in the states anyway, just stick some in the suitcase and back you come with it.

Very few people I talk to even remember we had it up here, though. Which, considering their reaction to the idea of it, comes off as surprising–I’ve heard things to the tune of “Hey, that’d be an awesome combination” and the such. So I got curious. Was it just mainstream enough that I managed to catch it, but obscure enough that pretty much no one else gave it a run? Or do folks just need to get out more?

I wouldn’t be disappointed if they decided to start bringing things like that back again. And considering they’re at least talking about bringing back drinks I hadn’t even heard of, I don’t think it’s entirely out of the realm of possibility. In the meantime, though, anyone on a return trip from the US feel like taking a stopover in Ottawa?

One response to “Does anyone else remember cherry coke?”

  1. I can’t believe there are people who *don’t* remember Cherry Coke. It was super easy to get when I was growing up, and I think there was a brief time when at least one of the W. Ross pop machines had it though I could be thinking of a machine somewhere else. No, I’m almost positive it was Ross. But anyway, it was everywhere. And I love the stuff. Vanilla Coke, on the other hand, was unadulterated shit. It tasted like somebody decided hey, let’s toss this here candy that quality control rejected into that bottle of expired medicine over there. Just god awful.

    But while we’re bringing stuff back and wondering where other stuff went, I’ll take a Pepsi Blue, please.

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